The film "to the happy few"
was shown to me by fellow editor and artist Antonella Sarubbi who
presented it to us directly from the tube onto the screen. Using a Hindustani song, the Austrian Thomas Draschan compiled this film
using footage that seems to come from the second half of the
twentieth century. When it comes to content and the juxtaposition of
pornographic material with that of beans being opened, we had to
question ourselves what is happening in the film and in our heads. Is
juxtaposition a door opener for a third element? Is it association
and if yes, what on earth does association mean? The rule of three
comes to mind when looking at this kind of found-footage-film: The
first image, the second one and its connection that probably only
functions in our head through the axis of time. The connections that
we make are on one hand aesthetically evident, due to the shapes of
vaginas, penises, vegetables but also underlined by the movements
that are matched by the edit. Rhythmically the film seduces us making
use of the music its breaks and its accentuations. But I find the piece
compelling not only because it has been masterfully compiled but
because it pretends to communicate with us in fragments, as if it were
a fragment of the lost Lokayata philosophers, and thus utterly open for interpretation. Of course it is far
more than an edit that seeks parallelisms between daily chores and sex.
But then again who am I to decide what my memory retains form this
plethora of audiovisual impulses?